What are dog sores?
Dog sores are nasty skin infections found on your pet. One common form of dog skin sore is hot spots.
A hot spot is an area of raw, inflamed skin. Often, a hot spot is a circular patch of open sore. It looks like a red, oozing wound on your dog’s skin. The infected area may be hairless, and can be swollen.
Discharge from the dog sore can be a clear liquid. If the sore is infected, it discharges a smelly pus.
How do dog sores affect your dog?
Hot spots are painful and itchy. The spot feels “hot” because the skin is inflamed. And your dog will try to lick, chew or bite at the sore to get some relief. Unfortunately, this action irritates the skin even more. And the bacterial infection spreads to the surrounding area. This can happen in a matter of hours or within the day.
Many dog owners are taken by surprise at how fast the infection develops. A localized lesion(a couple of centimeters in diameter) can quickly spread, infecting extensive areas of your dog’s skin.
What causes dog sores or hot spots?
Anything that causes a dog to itch, scratch, lick, or chew at his skin can start a hot spot.
Look out for things that irritate the skin, which initiate your dog to an itch-scratch cycle.
Skin irritations may be caused by:
Hot, humid weather – Hot spots occur most frequently during summer time. With high humidity, excessive moisture is trapped in the fur, and on the dog’s skin.
Bacteria and fungus thrive in a warm, moist condition. Hence, your dog’s skin becomes their breeding ground. And a skin infection forms easily.
Mites – Demodectic mange, Sarcoptic mange.
Insect bites – Mosquito bites can be itchy and irritates a dog’s skin.
Poor grooming – Dogs that are not groomed regularly and have dirty, matted hair can develop hot spots.
Ear infections – Infected ears are terribly itchy, and a dog will scratch at the ears. This can cause an area of hot spot behind or under the ears on the face.
Allergies – Flea allergy, inhalant allergy, food allergy, or contact allergy.
Foreign objects in the coat - Burs, grass awns caught in the fur.
Anal gland problems – Anal glands can become impacted or infected. This creates a lot of discomfort for your dog. He may scoot, lick, or chew the irritable area to relieve pain. Hence, hot spot develops here in the tail area.
Pressure sores – A dog with arthritis, hip dysplasia or degenerative joint disease may have impaired mobility. Lying on hard floors or thin bedding can cause pressure sores, which can develop into hot spots.
Open skin wound – A cut, scrape, broken skin, or an infected scratch, left untreated can become a hot spot on dogs.
Dog behavioral problem – A dog feeling anxious, lonely, bored or stressed can start to lick or chew his skin in an attempt to seek comfort.
Which dogs are prone to developing hot spots?
Dogs who have long hair, and thick, dense undercoat are prone to developing hot spots. So are dogs who have long, floppy, or hairy ears.
Dogs that love to go swimming in lakes or ponds may get hot spots if they swim in contaminated waters.
Where do hot spots develop on the body?
Hot spots are commonly found in areas where your dog can reached by licking and chewing. They are the feet, legs, flank, and rump. Also look out for localized dog sores due to excessive scratching. They develop around the ears, neck and chest areas.
Dog sores and hot spots can occur without prior warning. They spread rapidly. The condition is prevalent in hot summer months. And the itch-scratch cycle causes further irritation to your dog. Hence, take action immediately once you notice a hot spot on your dog.
To get rid of dog sores, give your fur pal a natural Dog Skin Care Formula.
See: Help For Hot Spots
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